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Economic data due from Asia today

New Zealand Q1 inflation leads off (official inflation data is only once a quareter from NZ)

  • Due at 2245GMT
  • expected 0.8% q/q, prior 0.4%
  • expected 2.0% y/y, prior 1.3%
  • 2% is the mid point of the RBNZ target band
  • Indicators of (core) inflation have been on the up
  • While the headline is (median consensus) expected to get back to 2% in today’s release the outlook for the next months is for a moderation. So while the 2% today might argue for less Reserve Bank of New Zealand  policy accommodation, take it with a grain of salt, many of the factors impacting on the headline result are likely to be temporary. Still, a headline is a headline and a topside surprise should be a positive input for the NZD (and vice versa)

2350GMT – Japan – Trade balance for March, expected is Y 608.0bn, prior was Y 813.5bn

  • Trade balance (adjusted): expected is Y172.0 bn, prior was Y 680.3bn
  • Exports for March y/y: expected is 6.2%, prior was 11.3%
  • Imports for March y/y: expected is 10.2%, prior was 1.2%
  • Improvement in industrial production and exports have been a highlight of Japan’s moderately recovering economy (amidst the lowlights), while export growh is expected to have slowed a little from February a solid performance is still expected. 

Also at 2350GMT from Japan – International Securities Flows for the week ended April 14

0130GMT – Australia

  • RBA transactions for March. This is watched for signs of currency intervention, but there hasn’t been any so it will be of little interest
  • National Australia Bank business confidence for Q1. In addition to their monthly business survey NAB produce a quarterly survey also. It’s a different survey so can show slightly different results. The monthly survey has been showing strong business conditions, its most recent result was at it the highest since January 2008.

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